Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL)

Developing Institutional Leadership: Strategic Approaches to the Scholarship of Educational Leadership in Diverse University Contexts

International Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership: UBC Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education

Participants: Academic leaders with educational roles and responsibilities for undergraduate and graduate degree program leadership, and/or institution-level educational leadership initiatives at UBC and in diverse university settings around the world. May include: Program Directors, Associate Deans, Curriculum and Pedagogical Leaders, Teaching Award Winners, Tenured faculty members/Professors of Teaching, Senior Administrators and P&T Committee Personnel.

Since 1999, more than 500+ academic leaders in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-national university settings (Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, England, Iceland, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UAE, USA, and The West Indies) have graduated from this program. Further, program graduates have made significant leadership and scholarship contributions to educational practice in a wide range of peer-reviewed contexts around the world.



Indeed, it is the scale and combination of high levels of collaboration, engaged communities of practice, and sustained impact and program-level scholarship over an 19-year period that is a hallmark of the success of the International Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership.

  • Partner institutions and academic leaders are invited to contact the Chair, Academic Program Director, Professor Harry Hubball for more information about customized versions of the fully online or blended international program offerings.

Universities around the world recognize the importance and complexity of providing high quality and high engagement student learning experiences in diverse, internationally-responsive and technology-enabled undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Academic leaders, at various institutional levels, are thus increasingly required to account for research-informed, strategically aligned, and evidence-based curriculum and pedagogical practices.

In response to these scholarly, professional and institutional challenges, The International Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership: UBC Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education prepares academic leaders to develop expertise in scholarly approaches to, and the scholarship of educational leadership (SoEL) practices within and across diverse disciplinary settings.

For example, through technology-enabled professional learning experiences, this unique and flexible program (ranging from a 6-week intensive to 4-8 month blended/fully online designs) is developed around a customized cohort model and is adapted to address the strategic institutional needs and circumstances of diverse research-intensive or teaching-intensive university contexts. Emphases is placed on relevant scholarly literature and ethical issues to inform quality enhancement of context-specific educational leadership, curricula and pedagogical practices; fostering networked improvement communities that are grounded in practice-based inquiry; epistemological debates and their implications for research design, methodologies and methods to enhance evidence-based higher education practices; and dissemination of research-informed institution/program-level educational innovations in peer reviewed academic fora.



  • Strategic institution-level SoEL Program
  • Multidisciplinary academic leader cohorts: International/ Regional/Institutional participants
  • Blended and fully-on-line learning modules
  • Program Instructors: National & Institutional Teaching Fellows
  • 500+ program graduates since 1999, Internal and external peer assessment of SoEL graduation portfolios, UBC Certification
  • Sustained evidence of program impacts on institutional leadership and SoEL contributions in peer reviewed fora
  • International/regional/institutional/ disciplinary contexts for SoEL in higher education, fostering networked improvement communities, quality assurance/enhancement, strategic institutional supports
  • SoEL inquiry, epistemological and ethical considerations, research design, methodology, methods, evidence-based practice and dissemination
  • Curriculum leadership, program reform, curriculum renewal, flexible and strategic learning modalities, authentic assessment and program review
  • Pedagogical leadership, student engagement, teaching perspectives, faculty/staff development, mentoring, authentic assessment and peer review